On the outskirts of Vegas, once the neon lights fade and the sound of traffic is replaced by the rush of the wind, the Valley of Fire is a geologic wonder that’s best explored on two feet. On this Valley of Fire hiking excursion, marvel at Native American petroglyphs that are believed to be 3,000 years old, and enjoy the multihued desert scenery in Nevada’s oldest state park. Pass Lake Mead and the Moapa Indian Reservation. This small group tour has a shorter or longer duration — depending on the difficulty of hike you choose.
Hiking tour of Valley of Fire State Park from Las Vegas
Choose an easy, moderate or difficult guided hike among the red rock formations and petroglyphs in Valley of Fire State Park
Tour the Valley of Fire State Park visitor center and shop for duty-free products at the Moapa River Indian Reservation
Keep your energy up with complimentary snacks and water
Hotel pickup and drop-off included
Small-group tour limited to 13 people for a more intimate, interactive experience
Tour of the Valley of Fire State Park Visitor Center
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure & Return
Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada
Traveler pickup is offered Alternatively you can meet at the local operators office, free parking, located approximately 20-minutes from the Las Vegas Strip.
Returns to original departure point
What To Expect
Depending upon which option you choose, this Valley of Fire hiking tour either leaves Las Vegas at sunrise, or later in the day in the late morning or early afternoon. Once you meet with the rest of your group, which won’t exceed 13 people, you’ll leave the lights of Vegas behind and begin to commune with nature, as your travel 55 miles (89km) out into the wide open desert. Along the drive, you’ll pass the Las Vegas Motor Speedway as well as Nellis Air Force Base, and if you’re so inclined, you can also make a stop at the Moapa Indian Reservation to pick up some fireworks, liquor or cigarettes that are completely duty free. Not far from the entrance of the park, you’ll be able to see the shimmering waters of Lake Mead out in the distance, which is America’s largest man-made lake and a marvel of modern engineering. When you enter the Valley of Fire State Park, your guide will explain the area’s history as well as its fascinating geology, and lead you to the trail head of whichever hike you’ve chosen from the options below. Over the course of the trek through the park, learn about the erosion and seismic fault lines that have created the rugged terrain, all while surrounded by a surreal landscape of enormous, deeply red rocks. For thousands of years, Native American-Indian tribes have lived and survived in this landscape, and your guide will offer some fascinating insight to their legends, history, and myths, as well as point out some ancient petroglyphs that have been here for 3,000 years. Water and snacks are provided for the hike, and once you’ve conquered the dusty trail and soaked up the epic beauty, you’ll have the chance to explore the Valley of Fire official visitors center, where informative placards provide even more educational background on the park. On the hour-long car ride back to Las Vegas, rest your legs and watch the scene slowly change outside the window, as the windswept desert slowly gives to the glitz, glamor and lights. Easy Hike:This option is the perfect choice for families and travelers of all ages and fitness levels who can complete a 2-hour hike. On this easy stroll, it’s still possible to see a number of ancient petroglyphs. Moderate Hike:Even though this hike is at a leisurely pace, it still requires a decent degree of fitness for scrambling across boulders, plateaus, and peaks amidst the reddish brown rocks. Difficult Hike:This strenuous option is for avid outdoorsmen in search of the park’s best views, and is much more difficult than the easier two hikes—given the level of terrain.
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Minimum age is 8 years
This is a physically demanding tour and is not recommended for pregnant women or people with heart conditions
Closed-toe shoes are required
Sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses and hats are advised
The tour requires a minimum number of passengers to operate. There is a possibility that the tour may be cancelled after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring you will be provided with an alternate option or full refund.
If you would like to guarantee the tour's departure there is a $35 fee payable on the date of travel, this will make the tour non-refundable.
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Reviews by Viator travelers
Best... Hike... Ever
, Jun 2019
Thought we'd be walking along a flat desert floor with an occasional boulder to clamber over...
Wow, were we surprised! First, each person was given a small technical backpack, 4+ bottles of water, and snacks. Then, we started out on what would be nearly 4 hours of: walking along sandy paths, but also hiking more rugged terrain; descending into corridors of towering, 10+ story rock formations on either side; climbing up onto those rock formations to breath-taking views of the entire Valley; crawling into caves - and out again!; scaling rock faces; learning some pretty awesome history - natural, historical and pop culture for the area!
We are merely novices, having done some rather basic to intermediate hiking with our sons' Boy Scout Troop over the years. And this hike was perfect for our skill level. It was comfortable, but it was also challenging to what we would consider our limits. Although we were tired by the time we returned to the parking lot, we would NOT have changed anything about the hike.
Our guide, Sarah, was friendly, knowledgeable and fun! We did the moderate hike offered which wasn't too hard or too easy. A very nice way to spend the morning. Great views! Would definitely recommend. We will hike here again next time we're in Vegas.
Everything was super smooth from the pick up to the drop off. The guide Sarah showed us an great time and we had a blast. The sights were beautiful and just an overall amazing trip.
Would definitely recommend!!
I chose the difficult morning hike. Originally I wanted to go on Saturday morning but nobody else had signed up for that day and I was not willing to pay 35$ extra to ensure that this tour takes place anyways. Luckily they immediately offered to change the date to Sunday where some people already were signed up so the tour was guaranteed to take place.
Our tour guid was Sarah and she was very nice. The hike itself I would not really rate as difficult (except for one short part of the trail when we climbed up onto the top of a rock) as I did not really get out of breath or anything (but I am not an avid hiker, just a moderately fit person I would say).
But the hike did lead to some very beautiful spots! (Slot canyon, on top of a rock and more). Since I was travelling Solo it was very helpful that Sarah also offered to take photos of me, so I still got cool pictures. The rest of the group was also very friendly.
Only thing not so great was I was told I was going to be picked up at 5.50 in the morning so I was outside at 5.45 in a really not great area (was staying at a cheap hostel). After hearing what sounded like gunshots to me at 6.15 I got a little scared and called the tour operator. He was happily agreeing to calling me when the pickup van was close so I could go inside again. This problem was really very specific to my situation because I am assuming most are staying in a safer area.
Also it was good to go that early because of the temperature and when we left there were a lot more people in the park already.
We had a great time hiking. Our guide, Sarah, was the best. Very knowledgeable, friendly and funny. A great guide. The beauty of the area was a pleasant surprise. I am glad we ventured out the Vegas for the afternoon.
My husband and I are so glad we booked this hike. Not too hard, not too easy, about 5 hours from start to finish with the drive included. BREATHTAKING views! Our guide, Sarah, was awesome. We definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to get away from the strip. You won’t be disappointed!
I'm so glad I went on this tour for the Valley of Fire! I chose the Intense/Difficult option since I'm an avid hiker at home and was very satisfied with the level of intensity of the hike, as well as the knowledge of our guide Yvette, and the scenery we got to see. Not only were we hiking, but we climbed some rocks and navigated through different spaces you wouldn't normally know how to do or where to go. I don't normally like guided tours but this one fantastic and actually a highlight of my trip to Las Vegas! Would highly recommend the morning tour since it is not as hot, and there are less people at the park so you feel like you have the whole place to yourself!
Great hike through the Valley of Fire. Moderate level was easy enough. Small group. Would have enjoyed introductions to all members that were participating so that interaction was more encouraged. Easy and flexible arrangements with tour operator. Clean, comfortable van for pick up. BEst part of VEgas!
This is a must do activity. The trip out is not too long and the hike is so beautiful and exciting!! The spirit of the formations and the brilliant blue sky was breathtaking. I loved it. The hike was perfect. Not too easy and not too difficult but just perfect and good for the body and soul to be challenged a little!! Sarah was our guide and she was fun, informative and caring. I would do it again today if I could!!! Thank you!!